Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County – Thursday afternoon, five young men were charged in a fraternity hazing death case.
The charges stem from the 2013 death of a fraternity pledge in the Poconos. The five fraternity brothers from Baruch College in New York were all charged with hindering apprehension, criminal conspiracy, and hazing.
In all, more than 30 young men will face charges related to a 19-year-old man’s death in December of 2013. Police say Chun “Michael” Deng died because of injuries he suffered during a Pi Delta Psi hazing ritual in a rented Monroe County home.
Police say Deng’s fraternity brothers assaulted him while he was blindfolded and carried a weighted backpack.
The men who turned themselves in Friday include fraternity president Andy Meng who reportedly told members to hide all evidence that the fraternity had anything to do with what happened. He declined to comment but his lawyer said he had sympathy for the victim’s family. Attorney Todd Greenberg said, “Out of respect for Mr. Deng, I’m not going to discuss the facts of the case at this point. You heard us say in the court we entered a plea of not guilty and we’re looking forward to resolving this case in the court.”
Alan Wong also declined to comment. He is a fraternity brother who allegedly admitted he saw what happened and knew Deng was dazed after the ritual. He also reportedly knew fraternity members brought Deng inside to change his clothes after the incident.
Fraternity brother Thomas Liu reportedly first denied seeing what happened but then changed his story. He allegedly admitted he participated in the first part of the ritual then said he helped carry the victim inside and helped change his clothes.
Police say Aaron Chen was there when the victim was hurt. He declined to comment.
Sam Laio was also reportedly there during the violence and declined to comment.
These five suspects are all out on $50,000 unsecured bail. They are scheduled to have preliminary court hearings next month.
The remaining suspects will be charges in the coming weeks and months. Specific dates have not been set.